Peter Yarde Martin is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with an impressive range of musical activity. His compositions have been performed by major orchestras and ensembles, winning several awards, and he is equally at home in contemporary, classical, jazz and gospel music, having performed in most of London's major concert venues and recording for BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.
Peter studied for a degree in music at Pembroke College, Cambridge, graduating with a double first, and studied composition with Ryan Wigglesworth and Jeremy Thurlow. He then went on to study for a Masters in Composition with Malcolm Singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating with a distinction. While at the Guildhall, he won the Mary Ryan Award and the Ian Horsbrough Memorial Prize for best postgraduate composition, and was supported by the Countess of Munster Trust and Dr John and Mrs Jo Padfield. He was a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Leverhulme Young Composer Scheme in 2012/13.
He has had pieces performed by the Britten Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, CHROMA, The Choir of St. Bride’s Church Fleet Street, The Choir of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Contempoart Ensemble, including performances in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall. Recent performances include a piece for massed youth choirs and orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, and a commission for the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra as Composer in Residence for Cambridge University Music Society. His piano piece 'The Five Elements' won 2nd Prize in the Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition 2016 and is being published by Universal Edition in a volume of pieces of new music for young pianists.
Peter runs a chamber band, Sudden Junction, with the aim of curating concerts that mix music from across all periods, places and styles. He also works as Musical Director at St. Peter’s Church, Notting Hill, where he sings, plays the organ and runs a Gospel Choir.
Peter is married to Morgan, and among other things enjoys drinking coffee, travelling to Iceland, following the Green Bay Packers and playing Boggle.
Where did you study: Pembroke College, Cambridge/Guildhall School of Music and Drama
What is your primary instrument: Trumpet, Piano & Organ
What age did you start: 7
Do you play any other instruments: Guitar, Voice
What is your favourite piece: Stravinsky, Rite of Spring; Herbert Howells, Requiem; Harrison Birtwistle, Secret Theatre.
Not only is Peter an amazing teacher, but he's also an incredible composer. Listen to some of his works on his soundcloud below!